Virtual help to get active at home

Social distancing has kept us at home and broken many of our exercise routines, at a time when we are also encouraged to be as active as possible, for our mental and physical health.

Luckily, technology has come to the rescue in the form of the our free Active Melbourne fitness app, now available to all City of Melbourne residents from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Following the temporary closure of the municipality’s recreation centres and swimming pools in March due to COVID-19, our fitness instructors created a range of home workout programs suitable for all ages and fitness levels, that require no equipment.

You can find the home workouts in the ‘Featured Programs’ section of the app, with detailed pictures or videos to illustrate the various stretches and movements.

Join a virtual exercise challenge in May

Need extra motivation? The Active Melbourne app allows you to sign up for exercise challenges, with the next one beginning on Friday 1 May.

Exercise ‘MAYhem’ month will consist of multiple challenges including workouts completed, ‘moves’ points accumulated, and running and cycling distances.

Since social distancing measures were introduced, usage of the Active Melbourne app has increased by approximately 15 per cent, with the most popular workouts being the Meta circuits and Prime workouts, which are designed for more mature members of the community.

Jeff Williams, North Melbourne Recreation Centre’s Acting Health and Fitness Coordinator, said the best thing about the app is that it’s ‘an easy way to access a variety of programs to meet your needs, experience level and track your activity level’.

‘You can also switch between Melbourne City Baths and North Melbourne Recreation Centre for access to even more programs,’ he said.

To find the Active Melbourne app, search for its name in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.